Dr Michael A CowlingCollege & University in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Interesting piece on how academics might survive in a world where knowledge (including that of questionable veracity) is everywhere.
Knowledge has been democratised. What does that mean for scientists?
Some interesting thoughts from Marco Arment (developer of Overcast and Instapaper and formerly of Tumblr) about the value of Intellectual Property protection for apps.
(If he'd spoken about Trade Secret this would have been full marks on my recent exam, despite the swear words!)
Enjoyed speaking to Sam at 2SER Sydney this morning about communal gaming experiences. Between Sam's experience and mine, I think we had a very productive discussion about the value of spectating in gaming experiences.
Good chat this morning about smart speakers and Google Home on Perth 6PR. Check out the audio here:
Enjoyed speaking to Chris on Perth 6PR last night about Gaming as a Spectator Sport and our work in Mixed Reality. Check out the audio here:
Some more thoughts from myself and James on Multi-User Mixed Reality experiences, and how designers need to make sure that MR works for multiple users, even when not everyone is wearing a headset.
Whilst working on the DBR paper, Dr James Birt and I realised there was also some capacity to draw some conclusions about the use of mixed reality in health science in general. So we worked with colleagues Christian and Zane from Bond's Faculty of Health Science & Medicine to draw out some ideas. Thank you to Information for letting us publish this work!
Excited for my PhD student, Ibrahim Nnass, who is today presenting his work at the Australian Computer Science Week (ACSW) Conference showing that there may be difficulties with English comprehension to be considered when learning programming for non-native English speakers. Below is a link to his poster showing the relative statistics for English and non-English speaker problems.
Dr James Birt and I were invited to write a journal paper on our recent paramedics project, specifically on the use of a Design-Based Research method and our focus on Pedagogy Before Technology. I'm excited to let you know that this paper has now been published, and the journal is open-access! Click the link below to check it out.
Coming into the New Year, I wrote something about Smart Speakers and how I think they might combine with home automation to make quite a significant change to our home space.
A very useful piece on choosing a journal to publish in via our Dean of Graduate Studies. Some good points to consider here, worth the read!
A great list of Wishlist features for the Apple Watch. I'd love to see all of these features make it to the watch, and would add to the list an update to the Remote app (it hasn't been changed in 4 years despite a new Apple TV!), and also some consistency with other devices on where and when Now Playing and Notifications display (I think Now Playing should be part of control centre, and I think both should be accessible from any screen, not just the watch screen, just like on iOS).
A good breakdown of what Meltdown and Spectre are from Ben Thompson at Stratechery. Nice to read a simple to understand piece that explains a complex tech concept - even if the analogy does end up fairly stretched in the end!
A little piece from SBS about our Weaving Tech workshop from last month.
As we approach Christmas break, just thought I'd give a shout out to the Learning & Teaching Services team here at CQU for their support. The week before last they asked me to come and share some "insider stories" on getting L&T grants, and as part of the discussion I realised how supportive and helpful our L&T team is.
Whether it's reading my proposals, interpreting grant T&C's, or just helping me take a photo for my submission, I really value the LTS office here at CQU.
Thanks for all your support guys, and I hope 2018 is a year of more grants and awards for us all!